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  • Summary: It's 1946 and the Nazis are on the verge of winning WWII. In attmepting to turn the tide in the allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz has to embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria… Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves - pits BJ BlazkowiczIt's 1946 and the Nazis are on the verge of winning WWII. In attmepting to turn the tide in the allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz has to embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria… Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves - pits BJ Blazkowicz against a notorious prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In the second part – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero's search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming enigmatic artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jun 9, 2015
    90
    An incredible game which deserves respect from anyone with even a passing interest in FPSs.
  2. 85
    Another Nazi-blasting triumph, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is the perfect companion piece to The New Order, and proof positive that MachineGames knows exactly what it's doing with the series. The Old Blood is more of the same, which is certainly no bad thing.
  3. May 13, 2015
    85
    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a fantastic follow-up to last year’s rebirth of the series. I hope a full-fledged sequel is in the works, but for now this definitely satisfies my hunger for more Blazkowicz.
  4. May 5, 2015
    80
    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood operates just like an old school PC expansion should, and if you liked New Order, this is a no-brainer. In fact, due to the pulp feel of the second half I even slightly prefer it to the original, and the two interconnected plots are incredibly easy to swallow in an afternoon.
  5. May 13, 2015
    75
    The New Order’s returning gameplay carries the day here. The Old Blood’s story spends too much time trying to be a tribute to an old game instead of its own adventure—and prevents this standalone expansion from being as deep or enjoyable as the main game.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 16, 2015
    70
    Another intense Blazkowicz adventure - but a little over familiar. [July 2015, p.74]
  7. 60
    It all adds up to a fun story-driven shooter, albeit one that has less overall impact and drama than its predecessor. The New Order was defined by its story, a game that reminded of Spec Ops: The Line in the development and emotional potency of its protagonist...The Old Blood, so much more driven by action, is a less weighty experience overall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. May 18, 2015
    10
    What word other than "perfect" would describe this game...

    None. Welcome to the game that made shooters what they are today.
    What word other than "perfect" would describe this game...

    None.

    Welcome to the game that made shooters what they are today. Wolfenstein: The New Order was my Game of the Year 2014, The Old Blood is in a good run to do so this year as well. I miss these action-packed games where the only goal you had in mind was finishing them with style, saving the world by running all guns blazing in small corridors, destroying the nazi regime all thanks to the hands of one man. MachineGames really showcased some amazing skills in game design, since they managed to refresh game mechanics that are up to 23 years old and still keeping them fun!

    Let's put that simply... Wolfenstein 3D, released in 1992, was the very first first-person-shooter. And today, W:TOB takes all the codes of the old school shooters like huge inventory, corridor levels with several approaches (go stealth or go tank, your choice), solid controls and character movement, a lot of variety in the enemies you will get to fight, and most importantly... BOSS FIGHTS ! (yes, plural, and they are to remember).

    But it is not only that... Where this game succeeds, is in the fan service. They even applied that to their business model, since you get a full game for only 20€/£20/$20 (just like the expansion packs we were accustomed to more than ten years ago...). Those of you who played Return to Castle Wolfenstein fourteen years from now will chuckle a lot, living very old memories all over again, meeting some old fellas, visiting places you've already been, discovering secret areas, etc... But the most astonishing part of it, is that you get to play Wolfenstein 3D all along, since they hid nine levels of the original game all along the campaign (man I suddenly feel older...).

    Enough about the gameplay, let's now speak about the technique itself... Graphically, it is prettier than The New Order, with lots of different new environments, new character models for the new enemies, and a very solid and updated rendering engine. The new voices and actings are caricatural and funny as usual, but they recycled the weapons' soundbank and the enemy soldiers' phrases (and seriously, I don't care, they were all fine last year so using them again was no bad idea).

    So there you have it, another Game of the Year competitor, waiting for all the players who were either too young or not interested enough in video games when that kind of game was common, or those like me who miss that golden age, when playing games was all about having fun and being a hero, living crazy stories.
    And it is cheap, you have no excuses for not buying it.
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  2. Nov 30, 2015
    10
    This game is fantastic, i got this and the main game-new order on xbox one black friday deals for $16 as a bundle for gold members and itsThis game is fantastic, i got this and the main game-new order on xbox one black friday deals for $16 as a bundle for gold members and its just amazing the shooting feels great, fun story and its the little things that makes this game great like the versatile pipe u can use for climbing and taking out big hulking mechs, and the guns are refreshing and cool, dual weild any gun btw which is a plus. Its a shame that games like these two arent as hyped or commercialized as much as other crap big budget games, i barely remember seeing commercials or tv spots or cross promotion for this game when it came out, these are the games that make this medium fun and unique, this really is a cross between inglorious basterds and pulpy nazi paperback u can pick up anywhere, its just fun as hell, they put effort in to every little thing, the walking actually feels like the character is walking, swaying a little side to side with every step, unlike games like Halo where it feels like your just gliding not walking, the guns have awesome sound effects and a meaty feeling to it when you fire them. The story is just enjoyable and fun for everyone i mean your killing Nazis, and also ZOMBIES! in single player! like red dead undead nightmare, they did it correctly. The main protaginist is interesting and says some funny things when your walking around the world instead of just being silent and only speaking in cutscenes, the graphics are awesome and pretty on Xbox One. Must buy and must have in your collection if your a gamer that has any respectful standards and good taste in games and writing in games. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2015
    9
    One of the best 'expansions' I've played. It seemed a little rushed at times, and repetitive. Just wish it had been longer but I'm notOne of the best 'expansions' I've played. It seemed a little rushed at times, and repetitive. Just wish it had been longer but I'm not complaining it was so cheap.
    I can't wait till the next one. The graphics are amazing. Wolfenstein is awesome.
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  4. May 20, 2015
    8
    As a £15 action romp Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is fantastic, but it doesn't stand up to the New Order. The characters and plot aren't fleshedAs a £15 action romp Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is fantastic, but it doesn't stand up to the New Order. The characters and plot aren't fleshed out to their potential, leaving you with a solid and enjoyable shooter that lacks the same level of character as it's 'original' game. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2017
    8
    This is a great prequel to The New Order but its not as fun. It's still a fantastic game and fans of The New Order should definitely get it.This is a great prequel to The New Order but its not as fun. It's still a fantastic game and fans of The New Order should definitely get it. For me I just didn't like the zombie-ish enemies and didn't feel as engrossed as The New Order. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2017
    7
    Wolfenstein The Old Blood
    Not as impactful, but still good.
    The old blood is a prequel to Wolfenstein the new order set in 19 46 where you
    Wolfenstein The Old Blood
    Not as impactful, but still good.
    The old blood is a prequel to Wolfenstein the new order set in 19 46 where you play as blazkowicz from the new order infiltrating castle Wolfenstein to steal the coordinates to general deathsheads compound
    This is a much shorter game, taking me a little less than 5 hours to complete with a less varied feeling campaign than the new order…
    For the most part everything is the same, you have the same weapons, health and armour system from the new order.. though this time you have a crowbar pipe mix that you use to progress through the games world.
    And annoyingly these progression moments with the bar make you drop your massive gatline gun you just picked up
    The campaign feels like a very typical throwaway first person shooter compared to the new order..
    the story feels much less personal, and because of that I really wasn’t invested in the outcome of this story or the games world..
    It’s a lot of enemies around every corner like youd expect from a run and gun call of duty campaign..
    Rather than the decently paced new order..
    theres no breaks, no lockpicking, no climbing through different areas.. its just go forward and interact with things until the game is over, youre thrown right into the action non stop
    Though I found myself being more stealthy this time…
    As you are doing a lot of infiltration and there are giant armoured robot enemies patrolling areas, really cementing the idea of stealth in your mind.. and like the new order there are scouts walking around that will call for back up if theyre alarmed..
    And with the constant dozens of enemies, its worthwhile taking these scouts out as your health and armour will constantly feel drained…
    And I had a lot of fun sneaking around and taking them out with a silenced pistol.
    the world of the old blood is actually really cool and a bit spooky..
    The world design is easily my favorite part of this game as youll go from castle Wolfenstein, to a little villiage, to a graveyard, really mixing up the scenery to keep the game from feeling repetitive despite how repetitive it actually ends up being
    and towards the end the game turns into a zombie shooter as youre getting to the bottom of an unleashed dark ancient power that the Nazis are trying to use for themselves…
    The old blood has a cool campaign to run through…
    But its nothing youll remember long after youre done…
    Its essentially The New Order with none of the pacing or great storytelling..
    Just mindless shooting for 5 hours…
    Take that how you will.
    I give Wolfenstein The Old Blood
    a 7/10
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  7. Jul 29, 2019
    0
    Après le calamiteux The New Order scripté comme un Kall of Kevin, The Old Blood semble avoir mis de l'eau dans son vin... mais c'est pourAprès le calamiteux The New Order scripté comme un Kall of Kevin, The Old Blood semble avoir mis de l'eau dans son vin... mais c'est pour mieux nous balancer à des moments-clés répétés et répétitifs des... scripts de hordes d'ennemis très énervés qui arrivent de partout et aussi par derrière, quoi qu'on fasse (la téléportation infuse).

    Et c'est là que les défauts de maniabilité nous sautent aux yeux (gros problème permanent de précision à la manette) ainsi que le gros souci du jeu, à savoir l'impossibilité de se soigner autrement qu'en... ramassant des trousses de soin ici et là dans les niveaux. Sans compter les morceaux d'armure à ramasser également. Il faudrait peut-être leur dire aux gars de Machinegun Games qu'on est plus dans les années 90, on est au XXIème siècle, bordel !

    Par ailleurs, l'accent est nettement mis sur l'infiltration dans le grand château, une infiltration toujours à la peine et vraiment trop mal implémentée ; or si elle échoue, c'est une mégachiée de nazis vénères qui nous tombent sur le râble. Bref, peu importe par quel bout on le prend, ce jeu nous casse décidément trop les couilles. Comme son prédecesseur.
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